Black County Core Strategy

This accessibility statement applies to blackcountryplan dudley gov uk.

This website is run by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council as part of a combined. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet's - My Computer My Way has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Some promotional images include text
  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Live video streams of Council meetings do not have captions

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 20 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please email Black Country Plan.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Due to the nature of the site and the service, the Black Country Geopark can be contacted by;

  • email Black Country Plan
  • Dudley - 01384 814136
  • Sandwell - 0121 569 4249
  • Walsall - 01922 658020
  • Wolverhampton - 01902 554038

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

Compliance Status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below;

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons on blackcountryplan dudley gov uk.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • A - 1.3.1 - Element ID is not unique
    6 instances - Left and right image gallery controls. Fix to be implemented.
  • A - 1.3.1 - HTML is used to format content
    1 instances - Settings on YouTube iframe embedded items.
  • A - 1.3.1 - No headings on page
    1 instance - Missing heading on homepage template. Fix to be implemented.
  • A - 2.4.2 - Webpage has multiple title elements or no title element
    1 instance - Missing heading on homepage template. Fix to be implemented.
  • A - 2.4.4 - Link text used for multiple different destinations
    54 instances - content review to be undertaken
  • A - 3.2.2 - Missing button in form
    11 instances - No button on filter options for service directory template. Fix to be implemented.
  • A - 3.2.2 - Provide a button for 'select box'
    11 instances - No button on filter options for service directory template. Fix to be implemented.
  • A - 4.1.1 - Element ID is not unique
    6 instances - Left and right image gallery controls. Fix to be implemented.
  • A - 4.1.2 - iframe is missing a title
    1 instance - content review to be undertaken
  • AA - 1.4.3 - Colour contrast is insufficient
    3 instances - Issue with a specific page template for promotional slide feature. Fix to be implemented.

Disproportionate burden

With the exception of those listed below, none of the existing issues on blackcountryplan dudley gov uk are classed as a disproportionate burden to solve.

  • Existing office documentation such as Microsoft Word (.DOC or .DOCX) and Adobe Acrobat (.PDF).
    This is a failure of 4.1.2 Name, Role Value.
    We are reviewing procedures for creating accessible office documentation and will be working through blackcountryplan dudley gov uk beginning with popular documents first (as derived from website analytics).
  • Video streams may not include captions.
    This is a failure of 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded).
    We will be reviewing procedures for providing captions. YouTube embedded contents provides the option to turn captions on/off.

Content that's not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

  • The regulations do not require us to fix office documentation published before 23rd September 2018 if they are not essential. However, we will be working through blackcountryplan dudley gov uk and will provide a fix to documents where possible irrelevant of the publish date.
  • We do not plan to add captions to live videos.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

The blackcountryplan dudley gov uk site is monitored for accessibility by an automated tool;

  • SiteImprove - a subscription service that also includes analytics, quality assurance for all pages. SiteImprove provides three levels of accessibility warnings based on the WCAG 2.1 Criterions are divided into errors, warnings and reviews.
    blackcountryplan dudley gov uk is currently marked at 83/100 for accessibility compliance.

These tools are regularly monitored and issues addressed when identified.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared 14th September 2020.

The blackcountryplan dudley gov uk site is tested weekly using the SiteImprove subscription service.